Fern Lucile Clifton, loving wife, devoted mother and compassionate grandmother left the embrace of her family here on earth for the perfect embrace of her Father in Heaven on February 25, 2013 at her home in Independence, MO surrounded by her husband and children.
Fern Harris was born August 9, 1924 in Trenton, Missouri to Andrew Everett and Mary Gladys Harris. She spent her childhood years in Trenton, Mo. She committed her life to Christ as a young girl and was converted by the grace of God. She was baptized in a creek beside Shelburne Baptist church near Trenton. After graduation from Trenton High School, Fern and her identical twin sister Frances attended Southwest Baptist College in Bolivar, Mo. Fern and Frances were well known in north Missouri as they sang for many churches and revival meetings. In 1948 Fern married the love of her life, Rev. Harry W. Clifton of Spickard, MO. At the time Harry was pastor of the First Baptist Church of Spickard. Over the course of the next 50 years Harry pastored First Baptist Spickard, MO, First Baptist Princeton, MO, Calvary Baptist Chillicothe, MO, Immanuel Baptist of Independence, MO and Emmanuel Baptist in Topeka, KS. Through all these pastorates Fern was a tremendous help to her husband. For most of those years she served faithfully with the preschool children and provided caring ministry to all in need. She also took great care of her family and her husband, finding great joy in cooking and the ministry of creating and maintaining a joyful home. She loved to provide hospitality to everyone who came to her home. She loved being a wife and mother but she seems to have had a special joy and exuberance for being a granny. She loved her grandchildren and great grandchildren and found joy in each of them. She was a woman of great faith and prayer who daily prayed for her husband, her siblings and all of her children, grandchildren and family. She will be greatly missed by her family and the many people whose lives were changed by knowing her.
Fern was preceded in death by her parents and by sisters Dorthy Sayer, Marguerite Bionaz, , Mary Lee Harris, Mary Elizabeth Crow, and by brothers, Gilbert, Raymond, Edgar, Edwin, Erwin "Sod", and Joe Harris. She is survived by her husband, Harry; one sister, her twin sister, Frances Campbell and husband Floyd of Bluffton, Indiana; daughters Martha Wenger and husband Richard of St Charles, MO, Mary Colston and husband Richard of Independence, MO, and son John Mark Clifton and wife Jill of Shawnee, KS.
She had 7 grandchildren, Kristin Goldcamp and husband Jim, Jason Campbell and wife Cindy, Mary Elizabeth Crowe and husband Tom, Sam Colston and wife Kaitlin, Trenton Clifton and wife Angela, Jordan Adams and wife Audra, and Seth Colston and 11 great grandchildren Ellie, Harry, Silas, and Owen Crowe, Collin Adams, Jane, Anna, Charlie, & Henry Goldcamp and Chase and Carissa Campbell. She also had 16 nieces and nephews, and many cousins and countless friends.
Arrangements are being handled by Newcomers Funeral Home, Noland Road Chapel, Independence, MO with the funeral service to be held Saturday March 2, 2013 at 10 AM at the Immanuel Baptist Church 112 West 23rd Independence, MO and burial at Shelburne Cemetery at Shelburne Baptist near Trenton, MO at 1PM the same day.
Memorials may be made to Food Pantry at Immanuel Baptist Independence, MO to the Preschool at Sycamore Hills Baptist Independence, MO
When God receives His children home, He receives the reward of all His labors on their behalf.